In Washington State the anti-Ivory forces are hard at work trying to enact
another draconian Ivory ban. House Bill 1131 has been introduced that is similar to the
draconian Ivory bans enacted in New York and New Jersey last year. It also
would include Mammoth Ivory in the ban.
In late 2009 the WDFW proposed a rule change that would make rock collecting (as well as other resource collecting – firewood, mushrooms, berries, etc) a gross misdemeanor or felony – as opposed to a simple citation. This started the effort by rock hounds and flintknappers to change to law to allow recreational rock collecting on state lands. Our approach has been to get state law to align with federal law, particularly the BLM’s Guide to Rock Collecting in Washington and Oregon (see attached).
In December 2009, a number of flintknappers (via the Puget Sound Knappers Association and its website PugetSoundKnappers.com) and a number of rock hounds affiliated with the Washington State Mineral Council, as well as some prospectors, started a campaign via email, phone calls and personal visits to legislators to not only stop the proposed rule changes (CR-101 - and CR-102 - ), but to get the original prohibitions on rock collecting removed.
We are continuing our efforts via our legislators as well as encouraging participation by all rock hound clubs, flintknappers and other interested parties. For more information contact James C. Keffer firstname.lastname@example.org
By Michelle Dupler, Tri-City Herald Mid-Columbians soon could have access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain with the unanimous passage of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday opening the mountain to the public. The bill was introduced in August by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., who has argued the mountain -- which is part of the Hanford Reach National Monument -- belongs to the American people and should be open for public visits. "The 3,600-foot summit of Rattlesnake holds one of the best views of central Washington and the Columbia River, but has been closed to the public," Hastings said in a statement. Read More:
Recreational Rock collecting -------- Washington State ---- UPDATE